Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

What's New!

The EVPAS office works to enhance a culture of high performance at Michigan State University by providing products and services that support faculty & students in their pursuit of excellence. Support staff and administrative offices play a key role in supporting the overall mission of MSU. Below are just a few initiatives currently planned. For more information on past projects, click on the link to the right.

Applicant Tracking System

Agile Recruiting and Onboarding (ARO) Project

MSU Human Resources' ARO project is updating MSU’s hiring processes, specifically recruitment and onboarding, while upgrading our applicant tracking system. The ARO project will implement new PageUp People software in place of PeopleAdmin (commonly known as Compass or MAP) and create a new website called Careers @ MSU for applicants to apply for job postings. ARO will go-live on Wednesday, April 26. 

The outcomes of these changes should include:

  • Automated candidate evaluation and selection
  • Addressing time to fill positions
  • More robust system functionality
  • Improved processes with fewer manual steps
  • New onboarding tools
  • Improved applicant experience

The ARO project website includes project information, training and education information, FAQs, newsletter sign-up information, and an important video message. The ARO website will be updated regularly throughout the implementation and go-live, so check back often.

Project Manager: Samantha Lake, Human Resources

HR Project Team: Shannon Kemp, Dana Grimm, Cindy Kirby

HRXchange Work Group: Sheila Morgan (Human Med), Doug Monette (Police), Stacey Nye (Egr), Amanda Goll (EVPAS), Michelle Jacobs (IPF), Diana Gover (ITS), Mike Adams (RHS), Melissa Del Rio (Graduate School), Renee Gagnier (CANR), Healther Bentley (Lyman Briggs), Jennifer Mitchner (I3), Audrey Bentley (I3)

Faculty Pre-Onboarding Process

Faculty Pre-Onboarding Process

For departments hiring academic faculty, the MSU ID Office has recently put into place an optional pre-on-boarding process that may assist with the transition to MSU. This process provisions a limited group of services to incoming faculty and academic staff at the point of accepted offer and prior to being fully processed and hired in EBS. These pre-onboarding services should help provide a smoother transition for faculty including creation and establishment of the:

Spartan Card - ID card utilized for setting up building and parking gate access
NetID - user name utilized for login access to email, wireless and D2L

Early access should be especially helpful for new academic hires who arrive at MSU prior to their start-date, for example those with a start-date of August 16 who arrive on campus earlier in the summer.

(Please note: Login access to EBS and some other services are not provisioned until they are fully processed and hired in EBS and they have reached their start-date.)

For more information on how to utilize this process, please review the pre-onboarding document.

Note that this process is focused on faculty due to the identified need for an MSU email for grant proposals early in the hiring process, and the potential large time gap between offer and start-date.

This is a new process and we welcome any feedback as we continue to refine it. Please contact the MSU ID Office at 517-355-4500 with any suggestions specifically regarding this new faculty pre-onboarding process.

Data Center Planning

Data Center Planning:

MSU’s technology infrastructure for computing and data storage resources is a key element in stabilizing and aligning IT assets across campus. These resources are fundamental to the delivery of the university’s mission and integral to the operation of a major teaching and research institution. Furthermore, the continuous expansion of technology throughout all aspects of teaching, research and outreach is fueling an explosion of compute and data requiring expanded storage and access which challenge the current physical and technical space. A plan is currently being developed to address the technology capacity, quality, reliability, redundancy, and security needs of today’s contemporary institution.

Project Goals:

• Build a primary on-campus data center to consolidate the two existing MSU IT data centers.
• Provide sufficient white space, power and cooling to support the current and projected High Performance Computing Center (HPCC).
• Improve MSU’s competitive position for grants in Computational Research and High Performance Computing.
• Retire the data center located in the Hannah Administration building.

Project Milestones:

• April 2016: Building cost estimate (completed)
• May 2016: Data center construction design (completed)
• June 2016: Preliminary budget approval (completed)
• July 2016: CIPWG 2 review (completed)
• August 2016: Data center detailed construction design (completed)
• September 2016: Board of Trustees project approval (completed)
• October 2016: Start of site preparation and construction
• November 2016: Duct bank (completed)
• January 2017: Final bid buyouts and budgeting (completed)

Project Manager: Scott Gardner (IPF), Steve Jackson (ITS)

Working Council: Rob McCurdy (ITS), Nishanth Rodrigues (ITS), Dan Bollman (IPF), Lynda Boomer (IPF), Steve Troost (IPF), Wolfgang Bauer (EVPAS), Barb Kranz (OPB)

Performance Excellence Program

Performance Excellence Program

The Performance Excellence Program is a performance management process that began January 1, 2016. At the core of this program is the recognition that if MSU is to continue to be a leading research university, we need talented staff who are continually developing their skills to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. This cannot be an afterthought, but something that is planned and measured. Every staff member contributes something valuable to the overall success of MSU in our educational, research and outreach missions. And all staff members, no matter how skilled they are today, need to keep learning. Both supervisors and staff have a responsibility to participate and engage with this process. For more information, visit the website here: - See more at:

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